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Youth Mural Project Comes to East New Orleans Regional Library

For the past few weeks, 17-year-old Aliyah has spent almost every afternoon at East New Orleans Regional Library doing what she loves most: painting. But Aliyah isn’t working on just any piece. She and local artist Journey Allen are chipping away at a large and vibrant mural that takes up most of the Read Boulevard wall of the Library.

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Jonn Hankins, founder of the New Orleans Master Crafts Guild, poses with Darryl Reeves, a master blacksmith, at the Artistry in Iron Exhibit at East New Orleans Regional Library.
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Library Exhibit Celebrates New Orleans’ Black Ironworkers

An exhibit at East New Orleans Regional Library sheds light on the often untold story of the free and enslaved Black blacksmiths who built much of the French Quarter’s iconic iron work and how one group of artisans is fighting to keep the tradition alive today.

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Free AARP Tax-Aide Tax Filing 

The New Orleans Public Library is once again partnering with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide to provide in-person tax preparation assistance. This service is available to all, free of charge, but is designed with a special focus on taxpayers who are over 50 and have low to moderate income.

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The Fisk Free and Public Library first opened in January 1897 inside St. Patrick's Hall on Lafayette Square. The institution would later be renamed the New Orleans Public Library. (Courtesy New York Public Library)
125 Years of NOPL

Celebrating 125 Years of the New Orleans Public Library

On January 18, 1897, the New Orleans Public Library opened its doors for the first time. Fast forward to 2022. The New Orleans Public Library now operates a 15-location system with a collection of more than 466,000 items and enriches the community with access to free services and resources that its founders could likely have never imagined.

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Aimé Lohmeyer, Amy Wander, Shukrani Gray, Robin Goldblum, and Christine McCourtney make up the Library's new Strategic Programming team.
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Introducing The Strategic Programming Team

As outlined in a 10-year strategic plan, the Library is working towards creating a Library Lifestyle for all New Orleanians by focusing on three pillars –– S.M.A.R.T. Kids, A Ready Workforce, and Open Doors. The Library Board approved the plan in May 2021. When voters chose to renew the Library’s primary millage in December, NOPL hit the ground running by forming an all new strategic programming team to address multiple points of the plan.

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